Links on Data to Support Solar Cooker Research.

These links are provided for those who are conducting research on solar cooker design, development or deployment around the world. Climate maps should be consulted to determine the average level of solar radiation present in a location before deciding if it is suitable for a project.

Energy Projects:

The need for improved solar cookers

Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE)

Earth Data:

Position of the Sun during one day

NASA Solar Energy Parameters for Solar Cooking

NASA Worldview – daily satellite imagery

Weather Satellite Images – Africa

Climate data:

Maps of Solar Radiation (DNI) – Use these to assess suitability for solar cooking

NASA Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System

NASA Earth Observations – Solar Insolation

NASA Earth Observations – Cloud Fraction

Centers for Atmospheric Research (UCAR/NCAR) Cloud Observations

Air Pollution:

WHO Reports on Indoor Air Pollution

EPA Cookstove Research Update 2014

NASA Earth Observations – Active Fires

NASA Earth Observations – Aerosol Optical Thickness

NASA Earth Observations – Aerosol Particle Radius

NASA Atmospheric Black Carbon Density

Global Annual PM2.5 Grids 1998-2012

Geographical Information:

GeoNames viewer

NASA Earth Observations – Population density

NASA Earth Observations – Vegetation Index

Solar Measurement Instrumentation:

NREL Solar Radiation Research Laboratory

Solar Measurement and Instrumentation Data Center, NREL

NOAA Atmosphere Satellite Data

Instruments for Monitoring Solar Radiation